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Emily Kanstroom Musgrave

Member / Co-chair, Appellate Practice Group

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Emily's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including contract disputes and government investigations. She regularly advises clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling and investigation through discovery, trial and the appeals process. Emily previously served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where she argued motions to suppress and took cases to both jury and jury-waived trial.

Emily is also active in pro bono matters and successfully represented a non-citizen client seeking relief under the Violence Against Women Act. Emily also worked with clients impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings to obtain compensation and other services for them, and represents clients in 209A restraining order proceedings under the auspices of the firm’s Domestic Violence Project.

Before joining the firm, Emily served as a law clerk for the Honorable Margot Botsford of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Leo T. Sorokin, then a Magistrate Judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She also interned in the International Arbitration group of a large law firm in Paris, France.

During law school, she was the managing editor of the International and Comparative Law Review. She also won the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition and was a member of the National Mock Trial team.


  • Boston College (JD, magna cum laude)
  • Brown University (BA, International Relations/French, magna cum laude)


  • Achieved a decisive arbitration victory on behalf of a supplier in a complex contractual dispute with an automobile manufacturer, resulting in an award of over $10M, plus attorneys’ fees and expert costs.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company defendant in the Nexium antitrust MDL litigation, the first alleged “pay-for-delay” case to go to trial since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in FTC v. Actavis, resulting in a favorable settlement for Emily’s client.
  • Lead counsel in case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of a veteran denied indigency status by the Massachusetts Superior Court. Reade v. Sec’y of the Commonwealth, 472 Mass. 573 (2015).
  • Part of team that secured no charge for government official in wide-ranging public corruption investigation.
  • Represented Taiwanese creditor in complex civil RICO case in California federal court involving claims against 34 foreign and domestic defendants. The firm achieved a successful settlement of the case at the commencement of trial.

Recognition & Awards

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Business Litigation (2016 - 2019)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Boston College Law School Richard G. Huber Award for scholarship and leadership in extra and co-curricular activities


  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association


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News & Press

Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers.